Aluminium hardtails – still relevant?
Definitely, I’d always prefer aluminium as far as metal HTs go – just like the stiff-as-a-board ride. You get some stylish steel HTs from the smaller outfits, but I’d still go for Alu given the choice – Something like a Cannondale CAAD5 HT would be a classic frame for me.
Only thing is, I’ve never ridden a carbon HT, so maybe they’re better. My next new bike will be carbon I reckon, so I can see what it’s all about.Posted 8 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
I know what you mean, there has been a bit of a resurgance for steel frames over the past few years. Perhaps alloy is considered a bit too commonplace, and steel more niche – but then I’ve just bought an alloy hardtail frame! Suspect that CF is considered more de rigeur for race hardtails.Posted 8 years agomAx_hEadSetSubscriber
two stiffees here, aint the mrs a lucky girl 😉 amaze me and every one who borrows one to sit on how cove do it… just put the summer fat tyres on and always amazed how better it handles with the widest rubber u can slide between its legs.. oohh err .. mods dont ban mePosted 8 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Im not too keen on Alloy hardtails after snapping a couple at the head tube. I guess if you get one thats constructed properly then this wouldnt happen.
However, I’ve also cracked a couple of DMR’s, but the fact is they just cracked rather than snapped clean in half, unlike the aluminium ones
I prefer steel cos it seems to provide a bit of trail dampening, went out on the road on my bros stumpjumper m4 tonight and it felt harsh, and thats on a fairly smooth surface.Posted 8 years agorolfharrisMember
95% of mtbs we sell in our shop are aluminium hardtails. The average cyclist is not as willing as most STW users to spend over 1k on a bike. 2nd behind that, oddly, is alu/carbon allied frames. Seems people want the low cost and the advantages. I ride steel ones myself, and a steel road bike, but that’s out of personal choice and it’s still the minority decision.Posted 8 years agomAx_hEadSetSubscriber
I’d suspect GW needs sort himself out , if you have only found mincers with gate size Coves whilst our riding, it’s said birds of a feather…. you might want to ride elsewhere a bit more often
I’ve had steel and alu hard tails and ridden more Ti and C fibre than a busy stick might be shaked at. I have found that when asked buy riders to recommend bikes Rolf Harris has produced as ever a fairly accurate sketch of what you see through the bike shop window.Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
If you want a burly frame that’s going to be light enough to be fun and flickable, without costing a kidney, alu is the way to go. And for a given weight, alu seems to be a lot more resistant to denting and crumpling than steel. If anyone out there’s dented the top or down tube of a Stiffee I take my hat off to them. Notwithstanding the fact that they’re only ridden by mincers of course. 🙂Posted 8 years ago
alpin – she died 15 years ago, not too sure the present owners would understand if I were to start carving turns and and hucking off their flowerbeds – could become pretty Gnarly if I get caught tho.
*But at least I now understand what the high BBs for – pedalling like **** through roses while being chased out folks gardens. 😉Posted 8 years agofrankiMember
Love my Stiffee, or will do again, when it’s got some new forks in it. 😀
Must shamefacedly admit it’s mainly ridden in a mincing xc fashion ;o), but having cracked other frames, I bought it thinking that it could probably handle far more abuse than I could dish out.
It does encourage the hooligan element in me, however small!Posted 8 years agoDibbsMember
I’d really like a Whyte 19 trail but for no good reason having never ridden either version really want the Ti version.
I’ve got three 19’s one alloy, one with carbon seat stays and a Ti, they’re all slightly different but I’m not sure I’m sensitive enough that I’d be able to tell the difference between them if I was riding blindfolded (apart from the fact one has gears) 😉Posted 8 years agobrantSubscriber
I am pretty sure I could blind test tell between my 3 Ragleys – one ti, one alloy, one steel.
I specced each one to be quite specificly tuned to the material – I wasn’t trying to make a stiff ti bike, or a particularly springy alloy one.
Struggling a bit as to which one I like best though!Posted 8 years agoavdave2Member
brant I would hope you could tell the difference otherwise you’ve wasted an awful lot of R&D time and money. 🙂
It would be interesting though to try riding the different models and experience that difference without knowing which was which in advance. Totally impractical I know as really you would have to believe that all the bikes were made from the same material for it to be a worthwhile test.
So Dibbs should I just set my sights on the alloy 19?Posted 8 years agoOllyMember
ide go with a Maxlite 120 i think personally.
Or a stiffee FR (neowm)
in the real world, off STW, youll probably find they are quite common, its just people around here these parts arnt happy if its not either “real steel springyness” (read: old hat) or worth a small fortune ti/carbon/bamboo/jelly composite.
Best value, tough as tits, get Alu 🙂 (IM personal O)Posted 8 years ago
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